We just returned from a springtime immersion in the land of windmills on a tour never to be forgotten. Everyone in the Netherlands bikes and the rest of the world is catching on to the joy of Slow Travel to deeply connect to the landscapes and culture.  April was the best month to experience the charming wonders of Haarlem, Alkmaar, Leiden, Gouda, Pumerand and dynamic Amsterdam.

 I am not a biker, but discovered this to be exceedingly delightful. The key is a good guide.  Click to read on...

“Coddiwomple” means to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination. I’ll be coddiwompling my way to regions unknown to me. Intentionally, I google nothing and reviewed no maps. This would dilute my joy of discovery. I revel in the element of surprise to confirm the axiom, ‘Tourists don’t know where they’ve been and travelers don’t know they’re going.”

Born with genetic wanderlust, I have an insatiable curiosity to explore the globe and seek the exotic places to reboot my passion for travel. Third World journeys always give me a story to tell. , I can never become a story teller sipping umbrella drinks on a cruise ship. Bring it on! …places that speak no English, broken infrastructure, no electricity (I have a butane hair curler) and funky toilets. There’s always challenges to get one’s adventure on. For me, an ordeal is preferable to a pampered vacation. Not everyone understands this, but it’s not their journey to make sense of.  Click to read on…

Have you ever considered vacationing alone? For some people, the mere thought of solo vacations makes them break out into a cold sweat. However, sometimes the best travel companion you can ever have is yourself. There are many reasons why you may be considering taking off across country or even overseas all by yourself, and you’re not alone.

The solo vacation industry has been growing astronomically over the past few years, and when you join a group, you aren’t actually by yourself. Instead, you get the benefits of solo travel as well as the advantages of a group adventure.

Most people who travel alone are treating themselves, either for a new job, a graduation, recovery from an illness, or just because they enjoy their own company. Here are some reasons why striking off on your own can be enjoyable and liberating.

After a long period of work, there is nothing better than a nice vacation. Many people plan vacations with family or friends, but getting everyone together at the same time can be quite the challenge. Sometimes, it is easier (and often more fun) if you just go it alone. However, traveling solo can be daunting and a bit intimidating — luckily, it doesn’t have to be if you join some group travel tours.

Traveling with a group can be a great experience for the solo traveler. Joining a group travel tour means you are never alone, and you can make friends and feel more secure in your journey. To make the most of a group travel adventure, check out these tips.

The idea of taking a solo vacation is an exciting yet intimidating one, especially for some women. Many women dream of traveling to other countries by themselves to learn about other cultures and do exactly what they want to do in their own time, yet few women actually take the plunge and pack their bags. They may wonder if solo travel tours are safe for women, or whether a solo travel tour will be affordable. Here are some reasons women shouldn’t think twice about taking a solo trip and why if you’re female you should embrace wanderlust!

You Have the Ultimate Freedom

When you’re on a solo getaway, you have complete control over your schedule and the freedom to do what you want, when you want. For the modern woman having a break from our busy lives essential for recharging and taking on the world. Whether it is a trip on the Windstar or a solo trip to Hawaii, taking time for yourself and being your schedule can help you meet any challenge. On solo travel tours, women can decide when they want to sleep in, when they want to get up early and watch the sunrise, and how they want to spend their days and nights. When you’re flying solo, you’re in control!

You Can Meet New People

Traveling solo pushes you to step outside that comfort zone and meeting new people becomes much easier. People in other countries will often approach solo travelers, especially those who are female and offer to lend a helping hand. Their intentions are usually good and they’re simply curious about you and want you to feel at home in their city. Meeting new people when traveling alone can make your experience much richer and give you a new outlook on humanity!

Traveling Alone is Empowering

Simply put, solo travel tours are empowering for women. Making the decision to go—and then actually going—is a great way to boost your confidence and put yourself first. Being a solo traveler helps you grow as a person because you’ll almost always do things you’d never thought you’d do and experience things you never thought you’d experience. You’ll learn new things about yourself and how you handle different situations, and you’ll push yourself beyond all the limits you ever placed on yourself. Traveling solo and experiencing the world with just yourself can truly help you discover who you are as a human being, where you fit into in the world, and become rooted in the understanding of yourself.

Are You Ready to Book Your Solo Travel Tour?

On a solo travel tour, every choice is your own and the only compromises you have to make are the ones you want to make. You’re in control of your destiny.

If you’re ready to experience the world in a whole new way, reach out to Adventures for Solo Travelers. We have several solo trips arranged to bring you to unique places. Contact us today for more information at 877-813-9421 or 770-432-8225.

 

“How was your solo trip?” A question friends often ask after my latest adventure.

A few years ago, if you had asked me, I would have said Ethiopia and India were in a tie for the last places I’d visit. Fortunately, fate intervened – Ethiopia and the stone churches of Lalibela were a treasure and India … well, India is a land where humanity presents itself in the most dizzying, creative burst of culture and religions, races and tongues. It’s a place impossible to not be astonished by.

Adventures For Solo Travelers (AFS) is a solo travel experience like none other I’ve found – for starters, it is a family owned business run by the energetic Suzy Davis, who has an almost encyclopedic brain of the world. She and her husband Terry meticulously plan each adventure, and they far surpass the offerings of the typical bland tour company.

This solo trip to India is no exception. It’s summer here and oh-so-very hot, but that’s the best time to see the beasts of the jungle in all their glory. Just when I think Suzy can’t possibly top the last adventure … she amazes me once again. I am writing this poolside from the stunning Oberoi Vanyavils resort next to Ranthambhore National Park, home to about 60 Bengal tigers living in the wild.

But I am jumping ahead.

If you’re looking for a solo getaway you will never forget look no further than Adventures for Solo Travelers. We take travelers right here in our backyard to exciting, un-touristy locations they might not be able to travel to on their own. Hankering to see something new? Then, check out our following upcoming adventures.

Sky Spa with the Alps at Your Feet

It’s not too late to plan a summer getaway, and our Sky Spa trip is the perfect option. Scheduled from June 23 to July 1, this trip takes you through charming European villages in four countries: Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. The experience starts with adventurous activities such as snow tubing and paragliding in the alps. After a day of it gives you time to wind down at one of the poshest, most relaxing spas in Europe.

If you’ve always dreamed of stepping into the opening scene of the Sound of Music, this is the trip for you. You get to see the one of the world’s most stunning mountain ranges, while also enjoying Swiss chocolate, German schnitzel, and other classic delights from this corner of the world.

There’s a gazillion tour companies floating around the internet  – but how do you know which ones offer legitimate exotic vacation packages?

When planning a vacation, most travelers want the lowest price possible to escape. In order to go on a shoe string budget, naïve travelers search straight to “cheaperosity.com” and gravitate to whatever option is the “best deal.” Settling for the least expensive exotic vacation packages can eventually end up being waste of time and money on a place that will underwhelm you. Do you want to be bored to death eating at a fast food restaurant in Cancun, or do you want to experience something new, fresh, and exhilarating?

Adventures for Solo Travelers provides more than a vacation. We give you an unforgettable experience to be shared for years to come.

Let’s say a friend encourages you to visit Nepal. You want to do your own research. You Google local tour operators for Nepal. You pick “Yak on a Budget Travel”, because they are dirt cheap and you send them a PayPal deposit. Five months later, no one greets you at the airport upon arrival. Outside, Kathmandu assaults your senses, but you manage to hail a taxi to your 2-star hotel bordering on a youth hostel.  No breakfast, bad bed. Your guides are subpar. You get half-day tours daily instead of full days as promised in vans with no AC. At each famous site, the guide says, “Need money now for entrance fees.”  And the whole vacation continues to be miserable and frustrating for 8 long days of disappointment. Meanwhile, you watch other tour groups gleefully exiting deluxe motor coaches and head to the front of the lines for the best vantage points.

A gentle reminder dear travel lover – Do your research on exotic vacation packages credentials first!

Choose exotic vacation packages with a proven track record of reliability.

Are You Looking For Something More Than The Average Solo Groups?

Never underestimate the mysterious beauty of India. Everyone knows of the wonders of Delhi and the strange, romantic Taj Mahal. In truth, they are “must see’s—destinations you see on a postcard, or browsing a ‘top ten places to go in india’ list. But after you witness India’s greatest hits the question remains—where do you go from there? It’s almost hard to imagine the amazing experiences that await in any direction. I like to say India a bombardment of sights, sounds, taste, and smell. It is a place that can all at once overwhelm your senses and also a place that can bring you peace.

“Coddiwomple” means to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination. A solo trip for the soul, so to speak.  I’ll be coddiwompling my way to regions unknown to me. Intentionally, I Googled nothing and reviewed no maps. This would dilute my joy of discovery. I revel in the element of surprise to confirm the axiom, “tourists don’t know where they’ve been and travelers don’t know they’re going.”